Cham Island Biosphere Reserve in Hoi An City, Quang Nam province
has become more and more attractive to visitors. Its performance is helping
local residents improve their livelihood.
Since Cham island was recognised as UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2009, many
local residents living in its core zone or Tan Hiep commune have switched from
fishing to tourism, earning much more for their living.
Residents living on the island are urged to offer homestay service because
development of hotels and resorts at the biosphere reserve is not encouraged.
As the island welcomes some 400,000 tourists per year, 60 among 600 local
households now offer the service.
Thanks to the local government assistance on personnel training and financial
resources, fishermen on Cham island now can provide homestay service in a more
Their hard works have paid off with an average income of 32 million dong per
person per year, making Tan Hiep island commune be the one with the highest per
capita income among rural communes in Quang Nam province.
Tourism development in line with environment protection not only helps preserve
the biodiversity in the locality but also promotes the distinctive tourism
values of Cham islands to both domestic and foreign visitors.